Thursday October 12, 2017


 Coudersport’s Main Street to be closed next Monday & Tuesday for roadwork….Feds extend PA’s deadline for REAL ID….Ulysses man arrested for harassment…..Similar charge filed against Tioga County man…..speed blamed for one-vehicle crash in Tioga County….Troopers at Coudersport seeking help in solving cemetery theft but fail to say what was stolen…..

Wednesday’s high, 60; Overnight low, 51; .76” rain







As work continues on a Route 6 project in Coudersport, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is alerting area drivers to a short-term closure on Route 6—scheduled for next week. In Coudersport Borough, Hawbaker’s will be pouring cement on the Main Street bridge over the Allegany. River beginning Monday so the bridge and Main Street from Oak Street to East Second St. will be closed Monday, Oct 16 and Tuesday, Oct 17.  All traffic will be rerouted onto Oak Street then Mill Street and back to East Second.

PennDOT expects to re-open Route 6 sometime Tuesday afternoon, if work progress allows for it. Drivers needing to park in the downtown area will need to use side streets. Travel delays during the closure are possible.

Begun in 2016, this two-year project will result in an improved roadway surface through downtown Coudersport as well as sidewalk improvements and bridge repairs. Overall work on the project includes roadway reconstruction, drainage improvements, bridge rehabilitation, traffic signal upgrades, water line relocation, pavement markings, and miscellaneous items.

Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $4.8 million project, which will continue through November. All work is weather and schedule dependent.


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced a REAL ID enforcement grace period through January 22, 2018, which means that Pennsylvania residents will not face access issues when entering federal facilities through at least that date.

This grace period goes into effect on Wednesday, October 11, and applies to jurisdictions currently under compliance extensions set to expire today, October 10. In addition to Pennsylvania, there are 29 total jurisdictions with October 10 extension expirations.

PennDOT submitted an extension request to DHS in early September and is currently awaiting DHS response.

The enforcement grace period applies only to entrance to federal facilities. There is no enforcement on commercial air travel until January 22, 2018.

PennDOT has begun work on the implementation of REAL ID, and estimates REAL ID-compliant driver licenses and identification cards will be available at the customer’s option in March 2019. This will allow ample time for customers who want a REAL ID product to get one before the final DHS effective date of October 1, 2020.

Information on REAL ID in Pennsylvania, including frequently asked questions, is available at

A Ulysses man has been arrested for harassment in connection to an assault at a home on South Main Street in that town last month. State police allege 48 year old Edward Kosa subjected 60 yer old Julie Kosa to unwanted physical contact at 11:00 pm September 14.

Mansfield state police claim 35 year old Robert Hetherton (no address provided, shoved 29 year old Ashely Sue Butler during an argument Monday afternoon in the Acron Market Parking lot in Lawrence Township. He is now facing a harassment charge in district court.

Speeding charges have been filed against a Havelock, NC  teen driver after a crasah late last month in Tioga County. According to troopers at the Mansfield barracks, 19 year old Jacob Barber was headed south on Soper Hill Road in Union Township when he lost control of his Jeep Grand Cherokee after swerving to miss a deer. The SUV spun off the road and rolled into a ditch. Barer was using a seatbelt and was not hurt.

Coudersport based state police are seeking help from the public in solving a theft at the Parker Hill Cemetery in Hector Township last Saturday or Sunday but it will be difficult to solve as they did not indicate what had been stolen. The victim is listed as a Ulysses man. When asked by Black Forest Broadcasting news what had been stolen, we were told it is an “ongoing investigation.”